Kitty Genovese Syndrome, blog-style

Remember Kitty Genovese, the New York City woman stabbed to death near her home in Queens while her neighbors watched from their windows? The case popularized the psychological phenomenon dubbed the bystander effect or “Genovese syndrome.” You know: “I didn’t want to get involved.”

A few weeks ago, blogger Jeff Goldstein outed an unhinged nutball, former University of Arizona lecturer in psychology Deborah Frisch, who left vile comments about Goldstein and his son at his site, Protein Wisdom. The case received some mainstream media attention faulty, at that–after Frisch resigned. Most people have moved on. But not Frisch. She relocated to Eugene, Oregon, and the harassment of Jeff and his family continues.

Patterico is tracking the latest vile comments confirmed from Frisch’s IP address: 71.34.251.220. (Comment originally left at Ace’s site, but redacted. Patterico has the screenshot.) More here. Read the whole, damning thing. Jeff blogs:

I’m trying to put together a paper trail of Frisch’s comments. If you have a blog and Frisch has commented on it, please send along the IP addresses she used and, if you can, a screenshot of her comments.If you don’t have a blog but have found her comments elsewhere, please contact the blog proprietor and ask for the IP info. That would really help me out as I’m going to be busy dealing with law enforcement and attorneys.Thanks so much.****The IP used last night was 71.34.251.220, which resolves to Eugene, Oregon. If anyone out ther can find another instance of this IP being used, please email it to me.Thanks.

I can understand why some might not want to pay further attention or bother to help out. After all:

It’s someone else’s problem.
It’s dangerous.
I don’t want to get involved.

It’s Kitty Genovese Syndrome, blog-style. But if you feel moved to more than just stare out the window, here’s Jeff’s Paypal address:

proteinwisdom-at-celluloid-wisdom.com

I know from personal experience the emotional and financial toll dealing with this kind of crap can exact. Lend a hand if you can.

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